The Spaniard had a good start to the match as he broke his American opponent’s serve early in the first set. However, Fritz responded and lost five games in a row to take the first set 6–3.
With Fritz 4-3 in the second set, a coach was called onto the court to evaluate the two-time Wimbledon winner. He eventually used a medical timeout and left the court for treatment. Despite those difficulties, Nadal came back to win the second game, as he won the final game 7–5, tying the affair on a one-set.
After taking the third set comfortably 6-3, Fritz was on the verge of victory with a 5-4 lead in the fourth set, with Nadal working to advance the match.
In the fifth, both players found themselves tied at 4-4, before 24-year-old Fritz again took a 5-4 lead and Nadal worked to lead the match. As he has famously repeatedly done, the Spaniard drew another game at 5-5 and eventually forced a tiebreak for the match.
From there, Nadal overtook Fritz to take a 5–0 lead and won the tiebreaker 10–4.
“The body is fine in general, definitely something is not going well in the stomach… I had to find a way to serve a little differently. For a lot of moments, I was thinking I might not be able to finish the match. But, the energy of the court (is) something else, so yeah,” Nadal said in an on-court interview.
With the win, Nadal improved to 8–0 in the quarterfinal matches at Wimbledon and became the third man in the Open Era aged 36 or older to reach a Wimbledon singles semi-final.
Nadal was forced to pull out of 2021 Wimbledon due to fatigue, and is bidding for a record 23rd men’s singles Grand Slam title and third place at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
In the other men’s quarterfinal match on Wednesday, Australian Nick Kyrgios defeated Cristian Garin of Chile in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. . The 27-year-old also became the first male Australian to reach a Wimbledon semi-final in 17 years.
“I thought I would never make it to the semi-finals of a Grand Slam. Honestly, I thought my ship was sailed. Obviously, I didn’t think of great things before in my career and maybe that Wasted a small window but you know, after the match Kyrgios said, “I’m really proud of the way I was here and with my team to be able to make just one performance.” I’ve come back.”
Nadal will play in the semi-final against Kyrgios at Center Court on Friday.